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Words into action: engaging children and youth in disaster risk reduction and resilience building

Toolkit/guidelines

Written by Vidya Diwakar, Emma Lovell

Hero image description: Boys use a large steel pot as a raft to cross an expanse of flood water in Pakistan in 2011 Image credit:©2011 UNICEF/UNI116709/Asad Zaidi

This guide, published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), offers specific advice on implementing a feasible, people-centered approach to supporting and engaging children and youth in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience-building in order to fully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. It provides high-level knowledge on the topic, as well as links to multiple sources that can provide more in-depth information, and aims to ensure worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of DRR practitioners.The guide includes five interrelated areas:

  • ‘Section 1: Engaging children and youth’ offers key principles to guide DRR action, as well as guidance for meaningfully engaging and safeguarding children and youth. 
  • ‘Section 2: Implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR’ provides ideas for DRR action within the Sendai Framework’s four priorities for action, and includes case studies. 
  • ‘Section 3: Including all of society in DRR’ explores inclusive DRR as called for in the Sendai Framework, which requires a meaningful commitment to leave no child or youth behind.
  • ‘Section 4: Taking a multisector approach to DRR’ aims to increase the collective impact of DRR and resilience building through promoting a multisectoral approach to DRR. 
  • ‘Section 5: Using creativity, innovation and play’ highlights the strategic and critical value of creative, fun, innovative and engaging processes in DRR and resilience initiatives and shares case studies and child- and youth-friendly resources.
Boys use a large steel pot as a raft to cross an expanse of flood water in Pakistan in 2011
Image credit:©2011 UNICEF/UNI116709/Asad Zaidi
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